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To mark Earth Day 2021, OFE's Founder John Warner and principal clarinet Dan Mort were joined by one of the orchestra's favourite collaborators, the soprano Gabriella Noble. Together they performed Schubert's song 'The Shepherd on the Rock'. Written in the last month of his life, it is a glorious final testament to the composer's deep and subtle understanding of our relationship with the natural world.
The song features a shepherd who sings whimsically while he watches his sheep, high up in the mountains. As his song echoes back from the valley below he grows melancholic, remembering his beloved, who is far away, before returning to high spirits when he sees the first signs of spring emerging. Unusually, the song includes a solo clarinet part, which Schubert combines with the voice with great beauty and wit, reflecting on the words and creating the echo effects evoked in the poem.
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